5 best bakeries in Metro Vancouver based on Google reviews

Oct 21 2020, 8:02 pm

Aromas of freshly brewed coffee, the chatter of friends catching up, and menus filled with flakey pastries are among the things we associate with Vancouver bakeries.

But these pâtisseries and boulangeries are more than places to get our baked goods fix; they’re an integral part of our small business community. Aside from adding a sense of vitality to our local neighbourhoods, they’re places that have gradually become a part of our lifestyles.

Bakeries in Vancouver and across the country are battling the challenges of the pandemic as they arise, and they need our support more than ever. From October 18 to 24, Small Business Week is taking place in Canada, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to support local.

Since it’s tough to narrow down the top spots among our city’s food scene, we’ve rounded up the five best bakeries based on Google reviews.

La Forêt


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Freshly baked bread is the perfect accompaniment to a plethora of meals, and La Forêt in Burnaby is where locals seek it out. The bakery cafe is housed in a former auto body shop, stretching out over 5,000 sq ft. It serves up everything from organic apple coconut cookies to sour cream pecan cake. This local treat haven has been open since 2017, and today, you can dine in or place an order online (or by phone) to pick up some seriously tasty eats.

Google Review: “This is my new favorite breakfast spot. Everything comes out quick and fresh. The meats and eggs are good quality and the [waffles] are the best I’ve ever had.”

Address: 6848 Jubilee Avenue, Burnaby
Phone: 604-428-8155

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Purebread (aka, the “Yum Factory”) has five locations in the Lower Mainland, with three here in Vancouver. Since its inception in Whistler, this family bakery has been on a mission to bake delicious bread, savoury snacks, cakes, and treats that bring a smile to people’s faces. Stop by any of its five boutique bakeries for takeaway orders of lemon blueberry basil scones, sourdough loaves, butter croissants, and more, or pre-order for pick-up.

Google Review: Coffee is great and it’s a nice atmosphere to sit, relax, and people watch.”

Address: 5 East 5th Avenue
Phone: 604-336-9001

Address: 2887 West Broadway
Phone: 604-336-9670

Address: 159 West Hastings Street
Phone: 604-563-8060

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Beaucoup Bakery


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Nestled in a bright and airy space on Fir Street, Beaucoup Bakery dishes up French-inspired pastries and premium coffee (like the 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters espresso). Owned and operated by siblings Betty and Jacky Hung, the pair took over the reins from founder Jackie Kai Ellis back in 2017. Now, locals can indulge in everything from the sweet apple pie bun to the valrhona chocolate chip cookie. Enjoy a hot beverage on the new patio in front of the bakery, grab and go with takeout, or order for at-home delivery.

Google Review: “Delicious baked goods! My weekends wouldn’t be the same without this place.”

Address: 2150 Fir Street
Phone: 604-732-4222

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Blacksmith Bakery


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An artisan bakeshop with a location in Langley City (and a second tucked away in Langley YNJ Airport), Blacksmith Bakery is renowned for using traditional methods to perfect its menu items. Everything from the croissant bread and butter pudding to the hand-forged viennoiserie — and gourmet pizzas — are made fresh in-house daily. A visit to this bakery wouldn’t be complete without a mocha to-go, made with organic locally-roasted Republica Coffee beans. You can also place an order online for in-store pick-up.

Google Review: “Best pizza in Canada! Hands down! We loved every bite of it and the homemade crust is to die for. The baked goods are super delicious as well. The croissants are extremely good as well (close your eyes and you’re in France) !”

Address: 9190 Church Street, Langley City
Phone:  604-371-0181

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Breka Bakery & Café – Kitsilano


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In Kitsilano, nothing pairs better with a coastal stroll than a caramel macchiato and a classic glazed donut from Breka Bakery & Café. This pastry epicentre also sells oven-baked pies to keep locals fuelled through supper (the chicken pot pie is our go-to), along with soups, a huge selection of baked loaves, and whole cakes like the mango coconut mousse and red velvet cake. If dining in or picking up treats to-go at Breka doesn’t work for your schedule, you can also order online.

Google Review: “Reasonable prices, generous portions, friendly service, clean, nice decor.”

Address: 3750 West 4th Avenue
Phone: 604-620-3750

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Whether you’re already a fan of one (or more) of the aforementioned bakeries or if you’re eager to sample their menu offerings soon, showing some love with a Google review of your experience goes a long way for the owners — and fellow Vancouverites.

In 2019, a BrightLocal survey reported that 91% of consumers say positive reviews make them more likely to use a business. And by adding a detailed description of the service, photos of the food, or a quick star rating, you’re also doing a good deed for local businesses at a time when it’s needed most.

To learn more about how to give and get help as a consumer or business owner during Small Business Week and beyond, check out smallbusiness.withgoogle.com.

Note, this list does not include chains and only includes businesses that have a verified Business Profile on Google.

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